Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cable TV imposters knocking on doors

BRADENTONBradenton Police are investigating two separate incidents involving men who identified themselves as Bright House Networks employees and announced they were conducting "quality service" or a "service call."

The first reported incident occurred at Perico Apartments, 11000 Manatee Ave. W. at 9 p.m. Jan. 13. A female resident, speaking through the door and looking through the peephole, requested to see identification. The male quickly turned and walked away. She confirmed with Bright House that it had not sent a technician to her apartment, according to Bradenton Police.

A similar incident was reported at a residence in the 6900 block of Heritage Lane at 8 p.m. Jan. 19. The impostor quickly fled when the female resident told him that she didn’t have Bright House service.

Bradenton Police urge citizens to conduct conversations with unknown visitors through a closed door or a window.

Residents should also demand to see official identification that includes a photo of the person.
Anyone having information on these incidents is asked to call Detective Nasario Camacho at (941) 932-9312 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers (866) 634-TIPS (8477).

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